In today’s chemical driven world, household products, cosmetics, antibiotics, and processed food are destroying and exterminating those helpful bacteria inside your body. This will likely cause health issues and disease. Fortunately, fermented food may undo the destruction and recover the balance of your internal gut flora to keep you healthy and free of diseases.
Fermentation is a way of preserving food that dates back to thousands of years. In addition to preserving food, fermenting provides many health benefits. The fermentation process creates an assortment of valuable and beneficial enzymes, vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and many strains of probiotics. Consuming fermented foods will increase antibodies and builds stronger immune system. The enzymes and probiotics help regulate the appetite and decrease sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings. Fermented vegetables, in particular, can greatly reduce candida in the gut.
Please be aware that consuming a large portion of fermented foods can create a healing crisis and aggravate your system. Probiotics in fermented food will kill off pathogen in your gut and when the pathogens die, they discharge potent toxins. You should gradually start with a little bit of fermented food at a time; for instance, one small bowl of kimchi or one teaspoon of sauerkraut with your meal.
There are many probiotic supplements out there but fermented foods contain more natural, healthier, and more diverse cultures of probiotics. Below I have compiled a list of the top 10 fermented foods & vegetables.
Kefir/ Yogurt is a fermented milk product (cow, goat or sheep milk). Additionally, kefir and yogurt consist of high levels of vitamin b12, calcium, magnesium, biotin, folate, enzyme, and probiotics. It improves immunity, restores irritable bowel disease, shapes bone density, fights allergies, wipes out candida and reforms digestion. Store bought yogurts or kefir ingredient consist lots of sugar and additives, so you can make your own or buy plain yogurt.
Sauerkraut is a fermented cabbage that’s packed with dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and B. As a matter of fact, it contains a high source of iron, copper, calcium, sodium, manganese, and magnesium.
Kimchi is also a fermented cabbage, made with spices, garlic, and other seasonings. Not to mention it benefits to help your immune system fight the flu and common cold.
Kombucha is fermented black tea. It is a carbonated drink that tastes like vinegar and consists of vitamin B, enzymes, probiotics and concentration of acid. Drinking Kombucha is great for detoxes, boosts energy, supports weight loss, benefits the immune system, lowers joint pains and cancer prevention.
Miso is fermented soybean, barley or brown rice with a fungus called koji. Moreover, miso is great with seaweed and tofu as a soup, but it can be used as a soup base to any kind of soup.
Apple cider vinegar is a fermented apple cider made into a vinegar. Also, ACV is a benefit to cure a plethora of health conditions. Drink one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a whole glass of water with a few dash of cayenne pepper and turmeric every morning to rid yourself of cold, flu and allergies.
Pickles is a fermented cucumber or other vegetables that are made with salt and vinegar and other spices. Furthermore, it’s consist of many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and friendly gut bacteria. It is great with sandwiches or eats it by itself for a great low-calorie snack. When picking a jar of pickles you should read the ingredient first–many brands add other preservatives that are not healthy for you. Or better yet, make your own.
8. Raw Cheeses:
Raw cheeses formed with milk that hasn’t been pasteurized. Typically goat milk, sheep milk, and cow milk are used. Additionally, raw cheeses are great in probiotics such as thermophillus,bifudus, bulgaricus, and acidophilus. Theses probiotics will kill bad bacteria in your body and help increase immune system functions.
Tempeh is a fermented soybean that contains an abundant amount of protein and amino acids. In addition, it helps lowers cholesterol, boosts bone density, decreases menopausal symptoms, and benefits muscle recovery. Also, it consists high levels of vitamins B5, B6 and B2. Tempeh is a great source of protein, containing the same amount of protein as meat.
Natto is a famous dish in Japan containing fermented soybeans. Furthermore, it has a potent culture of the probiotic bacillus subtilis, which is proven to help the immune system and cardiovascular health. Also, it boosts the digestion of vitamin K2. Most importantly, it contains a mighty anti-inflammatory enzyme call nattokinase that is known to combat cancer.